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Pardon My Lavender II Bee Balm

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The bold purple flowers of the 'Pardon My Lavender II' Monarda didyma provide a pop of color during the spring and summer. The upright Monarda didyma is a perennial in USDA growing zones 4 through 9, so it will be a staple of borders, landscapes, and mass plantings. This versatile and adaptable plant also does very well in containers, and it is excellent for cut flowers. The fragrant flowers have oblong petals with a slight ruffle, surround lavender styles, and sit above green foliage. This plant is also known as Bee Balm or Bergamot.

'Pardon My Lavender II' Monarda didyma hails from North America. Once this plant is established, it will thrive with little care, making it a great choice for busy or forgetful gardeners. This plant is deer-resistant, but it attracts pollinators like butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. Monarda didyma is clump-forming, so it will gradually spread out and can be propagated through division.

Pardon My Lavender II Bee Balm Care

Find a sunny spot with at least 4 to 6 hours of sunlight to plant the Monarda didyma. This plant can handle full sun but will still flourish in part sun. Rich, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0 - 7.0 will keep the plant happy and healthy. Monarda didyma is not a heavy feeder, and applying balanced fertilizer in the spring is usually enough to get the plant off to a strong start. Bee Balm prefers consistently damp soil, so water while the top layer of the soil is still moist. Established plants in the ground typically need water during a drought, while potted plants may benefit from weekly watering.

Trim or pinch spent blooms. Cut the stems back to 12 inches in the spring before blooms emerge to encourage new plant growth. Leave the foliage after the plant stops blooming in late summer, and in the fall, trim the stems back to 1 inch to prepare the plant for winter. 

Pardon My Lavender II Bee Balm Spacing

The Monarda didyma is a short plant that will reach 14 to 18 inches tall. Space plants 22 to 28 inches apart when planting, and with time, new growth will fill in the area between the initial plants.

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

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Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.